Committees & Initiatives

Fat Talk Free Week Pilot Evaluation. SHDH doctoral student Bernice Raveche Garnett, working with master’s student Robert Buelow and faculty Bryn Austin, is leading a ground-breaking evaluation of Fat Talk Free Week, a national social media campaign to interrupt the constant drone of body-disparaging commentary, especially among girls and women, and encourage more body-positive and constructive conversation. Bernice is leading the overall evaluation of the campaign, which was carried out this past October on college campuses in the Boston area, while Robert is researching the role of bystander intervention as a behavioral strategy to interrupt and redirect fat talk. The evaluation study is sponsored by HSPH’s newly established Strategic Training Initiative for the Prevention of Eating Disorders (www.hsph.harvard.edu/striped), which is based within the Maternal and Child Health Concentration and SHDH.

White Ribbon Campaign. This past December marked the first ever White Ribbon Campaign at HSPH.This weeklong event, part of an international campaign geared towards engaging men in ending violence against women (www.whiteribbon.ca), was sponsored by the Women, Gender, and Health Interdisciplinary Concentration and the HSPH Women and Health Initiative. Over 100 students, staff, and faculty signed a white ribbon banner, signifying their pledge to never commit, condone, or remain silent about violence against women. A speaker series included Craig Norberg-Bohm (Director of the Men’s Initiative at Jane Doe Inc.) who talked about the history of the White Ribbon Campaign, Professor Jutta Lindert who presented on the global impact of violence against women, and SHDH master’s student Robert Buelow who spoke about the sex/gender distinction and the role of men and masculinity in violence prevention.